Table of Contents

The Intelligent Guide to Casino Gaming

by Sylvester Suzuki

List of Tables and Figures  ix
Foreword  xi
Preface  xv

1. Casino Gaming  1
The House Advantage  1
Betting Systems  2
Limit on Payouts  5
Budgeting for a Casino Visit  5
Casino Comps  6
Casino Coupons  10
Security in a Casino  12
Tipping in a Casino  14
The Compulsive Gambler  16
The Internal Revenue Service  18

Part I Classic Table Games  23

2. Baccarat  25
Rules of Baccarat  25
The Betting  28
Closing Notes  29

3. Blackjack  31
Basic Blackjack Playing Strategy  36
Insurance  39
Surrender  40
Finding a Good Blackjack Table  40
Counting Cards  41

4. Craps  47
The Pass Line Bet  50
The Odds Bet  50
The Don’t Pass Line Bet  51
Laying Odds Bet  52
The Place Bet  53
The Buy Bet  54
The Big 6 and Big 8 Bet  55
The Lay Bet  55
The Hardway Bet  56
The Come Bet  56
The Don’t Come Bet  58
The Field Bet  58
Numbers Bet  58
Other One-Roll Bets  59
Craps California Style  60

5. Roulette  63
Inside Bets  64
Outside Bets  65

Part II Poker-Themed Table Games  69

6. Caribbean Stud  71
Basic Playing Strategy  73
The Progressive Jackpot  74

7. Let It Ride  77
Basic Playing Strategy  79
Option Strategy  81
Bonus Payments  81
Cautionary Closing Note  82

8. Pai Gow Poker  85
Setting Your Hand  88

9. Three Card Poker  93
Pair Plus  93
Beat the Dealer  94
Basic Playing Strategy  95

Part III Machine-Based Games  97

10. Keno  99
Straight Keno Ticket  101
Split Keno Ticket  103
Way Keno Ticket  104
Combination Way Keno Ticket  105

11. Slot Machines  107
How Slot Machines Work  109
Misconceptions About Slot Machines  110
Selecting the Right Machine for You  111
Finding Loose Slot Machines  114
Slot Tournaments  115

12. Video Poker  119
Jacks or Better  122
Playing Strategy for Jacks or Better  125
Categories of Starting Hands  127
Bonus Poker  130
Joker Poker  132
Deuces Wild  134
Multiple-play Video Machines  135
Other Video Games  137

Part IV Competitive Games  139

13. The Sports Book  141
The Point Spread  141
The Over/Under Bet  144
The Money Line Bet  144
The Parlay Bet  145
The Teaser  146
Some Betting Tips  147

14. Horseracing  157
Types of Horses  157
Types of Races  158
Bets on a Single Race  159
Bets on Multiple Races  160
How to Select Your Horse  162

15. Casino Poker  165
Texas Hold’em  166
Starting Hands  168
After the Flop  171
Sizing Up The Competition  174
Jackpots and Rakes  175
Poker Tells  178
Poker Tournaments  181

Part V Epilogue  189

16. Good Bets and Bad Bets  191
Good Bets  191
Bad Bets  194

Glossary  197
Index  217

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